Glassboat is situated on Welshback in Bristol’s historic floating harbour.

Our tables look out to the water through large, restored wooden windows, with views around the harbourside and to the city. On the lower deck original oak panels and portholes create a unique atmosphere for private dining.

The whole boat is available to hire for exclusive use, and we cater for weddings, business functions and all types of special occasion.

The restaurant opened 30 years ago, having been pulled from the muddy river Severn and restored as a labour of love in the early 1980s. Since then we’ve built a reputation for wonderful food served in one of Bristol’s prettiest locations.

Come and join us.



The History of the Glassboat

‘It wasn’t meant to be a restaurant and I probably wasn’t meant to be a restaurateur either…’ Some of the very best things in life occur through accident and happenstance.  The restaurant has been serving up outstanding food in one of Bristol’s prettiest waterside locations since 1986.  But, as owner Arne Ringner recalls, the original plan was for something very different.  Arne had arrived in Britain from his native Sweden to study botany before working as a researcher at the ‘Long Ashton Cider Institute’ (or Long Ashton Research Station, an agricultural / horticultural research centre just outside Bristol).  After that came a stint managing Taunton Cider’s orchards and launching the Bristol-based pressure group Save Our Scrumpy.  Then, in 1984, Arne had his big idea: a floating botanical garden on Bristol’s docks.

Arnie Ringner


If you would like to continue reading about the beginnings of the Glassboat, please download the Glassboat History PDF.